Tuesday 7 March 2023

Tuesday 7th March

The Red-necked Grebe remains offshore, usually off groyne 12 towards Warren Point, also offshore 24 Great Crested Grebe, two Red-throated Diver, a Cormorant carrying nesting material, heading towards Dawlish and a single flock of Black-headed Gull that came in from south and headed into the estuary.

Elsewhere 78 Dark-bellied Brent Geese were in the estuary, the Glaucous Gull was reported, and despite having deserted the estuary, eight Teal remain around the Main Pond, with five Shoveler and a Goldcrest.

Wildlife News: Despite the cold, sunny spells in the afternoon encouraged several Buff-tailed Bumblebee out to collect willow pollen and the first Buffish Mining Bee Andrena nigroaenea to nectar on emerging Alexanders flowers near Langstone Rock.

Buffish Mining Bee - Alan Keatley

The highlight of the day was the rediscovery of the ground beetle Bemidion iricolor, the first record for over 40 years for this coastal specialist.

Bemidion iricolor - Alan Keatley

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